Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
This beer pours a dark brown with hints of red where the light manages to peek through. The head is about half a finger thick and looks like ovaltine.
I really don't get much off the nose on this one. At first when it was colder it was soy sauce and molasses, but warmer I get even less. Some coffee, some chicory, a little burnt toast in there too. Not much smell.
Taste is nice. Rich deep coffee and toast flavors predominate with some very subtle chocolate and molasses notes in the back. Solid nice stout that isn't cloying. As a matter of fact, there is really nothing sweet in this beer at all.
Mouthfeel is the right thickness. Not too thick and not too thin. A good mouthfeel. There is a slight prickly sensation from the carbonation, but that adds a nice dimension.
I suppose if I were in a stout drinking mood, this one would go nicely one after another.
06-29-2004 02:08:56 | More by silenius
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
a great brew... one I might be underdevoloped for.
The appearance is very dark and the smell is good and roasted... just like the taste. The most uniquely emphasized attribute of this beer is its significant roasted flavour. Its full in the sense that there is a lot going on: dark coffee and bits of ester, not as frothy-mouth-feeling as I would have liked and the roasted flavour blew me away as I finished the 750 ml bottle.
they should call it the double-roasted stout!! very good
06-15-2004 00:45:06 | More by aaronbeach69
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
Opaque, very dark brown color, with a tan head that quickly diminished and it left no lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, and light oats. Had a very creamy, roasted/coffee flavor. I heard from a friend that this was an oatmeal stout, I wasn't able to tell?
06-14-2004 23:24:52 | More by egajdzis
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Pitch-dark black, very murky, thin tan head, still as night. The nose is a bit tough to detect; maybe some piney notes, barley, roasted malts. Dry, very dry up front. Dark roasted malts, coffee beans, espresso, all of them noted in the first few sips. A tender sweetness comes into play, barley and chocolate also noted. Just when you think you can't be taken, the Cascade hops come in to play, here to stay. Mix in the flavors mentioned early on with some hop-bite and you've got quite a stout. Summed up as big and bold, hearty, flavorful and enjoyable, the ratings are well-deserved; a great tasting 'hopped' up stout; my hat is tipped to the brewmasters who dreamed up this great wonder!
06-06-2004 02:35:25 | More by GeoffRizzo
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
I've been looking forward to finding this one...
Pours black as death with a small ruby/brown head. The head is creamy a dissipates fairly quickly but looks like some is trying to hang on to the side.
The smell is more noticeable than many beers I've had lately. Mostly like a mocha coffee smell, maybe a touch sweeter. A little toasty malt smell in there too.
The taste goes through many nice stages throughout the drink. The mild coffee taste starts in front and some candy sweetness in the back. The aftertaste really pays off with the chocolate and a bit more of the coffee. A wonderful taste.
This is a little more carbonated than most stouts. Might be the only thing even slightly wrong with this brew, and it isn't bad. It still goes down great and the taste doesn't hurt it.
Not much to say about drinkability. This bomber was great....and I so wish I had another. This has great taste without being too hard on your head. Great for sessions!
A couple of quick postscripts: 1) This is warming a bit and getting even better. 2) If you're in the KC area I found this at the south Gomer's, my first sighting of this great brew.
06-04-2004 05:45:46 | More by DPMomutant
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Completely opaque, black, with a slightly ruby-brown quarter inch head.
Cotton candy malts are present, with a hint of burnt coffee.
Flavors are amazing. A strong roasted coffee-chocolate engulfs the mouth, finishing with a bitter chocolate sweetness. This would be a perfect brew if it were just a little smoother on the mouth (I still compare to the Samuel Smith standard, though this come close to perfection).
06-02-2004 23:13:43 | More by cbl2
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
The large, bubbly, dark tan head fades quickly exposing a black body surrounded by a faint ring of deep brown. A smooth choco aroma waters the mouth. Bitter chocolate and hops dance gracefully across my tongue. Chunky mouthfeel leads into a rough, yet enjoyable, coffee filled finish. Heavy, but quite sessionable.
06-02-2004 02:53:35 | More by MrNuggets
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at Shakespeare's Pub:
I saw this on tap and could not pass up a chance to try this on tap. This beer poured as black as the night and formed a deep tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy aroma of malt, hops, milk chocolate and expresso coffee. The flavor was of malt, hops, coffee and chocolate, with the chocolate dominating. The body was a medium light quality and the finish was bittersweet. Now if only I could find it around here on tap.
06-02-2004 01:11:34 | More by Wildman
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours very dark brown/black, I can get no light thru this one. Great thick billowing fluffy brown head that sticks all over the glass like a curtain of lace and a nice thin head stays for a long while.
The aroma is actually almost like Trois Pistoles, in that spicy/mysterious/dark fruit kinda way, but with chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is a roasted bitterness, perhaps espresso bitterness with hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness.
Nice creamy, pretty thick mouthfeel that coats the mouth well and slides down the back of my throat.
Great drinkability and at only 6.0% I could have plenty of these in a night....well done.
05-19-2004 05:42:26 | More by irishmoss
2.1/5 rDev -49.5%
Poured a pitch black with a nice thick dark tan head. Head left little lacing, as I wasn't able to drink much of this brew.
Aroma was non-descript, a little malty and not very strong.
Not sure what went wrong with this- taste was potent and bitter. A little malt and hop character, but the "bite" was so overwhelming I couldn't gather much else. Not sure if this was a bad bottle (skunked?) or what, but the overall experience was foul. This was the first time I have ever poured a beer out without finishing it. I enjoy a lot of stouts, and this was NOT the flavor or bite I usually associate with a good stout.
I sincerely hope this was a bad bottle, but it will be quite a while before I spend $5 to try it again.
05-17-2004 19:40:38 | More by Ilacquin
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Aroma is a rich dark roast holding coffee notes and an oat stout quality.
Black as tar. Thick heavy head that leaves tracks.
Flavor is heavy and intense roast malt without cloyness. Strong flavors, intense dryness middle to finish and a long lingering on the tongue. Hop bitterness (with malt dryness) as warms. Coffee and some fruit noted too.
The enjoyment of the feel is somewhat decreased by the bite and the intensity of the malt. Smooth anyway and very nicely carbonated.
Bitterness is too intense to make it easy to drink. Improved significantly as warmed.
05-16-2004 14:01:04 | More by garymuchow
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
22 oz bomber.
Pours a crude oil black with a very nice light brown head. Lacing is present but not that impressive.
Aromas of burnt toffee, chocolate, and coffee are on the forefront. There is also a very nice floral hop aroma that is lacking in many other American Stouts.
Taste is absolutely amazing. This is what a stout should taste like with all the complexities that make beer great. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hop bitterness all play a part to balance out perhaps one of the best stouts I have had in a long time.
While this is a fine stout, I would have to say that one of it's major drawbacks, for me anyways, is the fact that 22 ozs is more than enough of such a rich concoction. This stout it in some instances too rich for it's own good. A fine beer indeed, but perhaps a little too much.
05-15-2004 03:26:03 | More by LuckySevens82
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Opaque brown to even black, Poured a one-inch tan head.
Strong scent is hard to pinpoint, but not as sweet and chocolately as some other stouts i've had.
In the mouth, it feels a little thinner than other stouts. I can taste a little bitterness and some of the cholocolate tones that get stronger after you swallow it down.
Aftertaste from a big swig is incredible. chocolatey tone is very strong, a very light smoky flavor beneath that gives it some depth. The flavor lingers beautifully.
If it were readily available and priced right, I would drink this all the time. The only thing I would like is for it to have a little more flavor and thickness when it's in the mouth. The aftertaste is perfect.
05-08-2004 08:32:31 | More by henrysunset
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
It pours deep, dark black and looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It has a big brown head. The aroma is strong with a lot of roasted malts, a touch of caramel, and plenty of citrus hops (I believe it says cascade on the label). The full body has lots of roasted flavor (coffee and a touch of chocolate), some malty sweetness, and then the citrus hops hit you. It is silky smooth going down and has a nice bitter punch at the end. A great stout that has a nice US twist to it with the citrus bite.
05-07-2004 17:36:28 | More by ark57
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Solid black, with a big frothy brown head. Big roast coffee taste, almost a hint of burnt toast, and of course, a roasty smell. Good northwesartn hop balance to the roast bitterness, but also some tannins seem present. Finishes with a slight hint of orange and pineapple.
05-05-2004 01:26:28 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-dark beer with a huge head with standard retention for this style of beer. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of roastiness and choclate, which bring some very enjoyable sweetness. Carbonation is good with a strong body. Taste is quite similar to aroma with the roastiness and chocolate coming out very nicely. The end is more sweet then dry which I enjoyed. Overall, a truly great sweet stout.
Note: This one was actually called Wild Irish Stout, which is the import name of this beer.
05-03-2004 15:00:45 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a deep black liquid with a tan foamy head. One thing I did not like was that the head disappeared too quickly. There was some good lace on the glass. Smells like a loaf of dark bread, with a slight chocolate note. Taste was a dark roasted flavor with a note of coffee. There was some good hop bitterness in the finish. Full body, and appropriate carbonation. I thought it was pretty drinkable. Overall, I thought this was a solid stout. I can see why it has been rated pretty high. Another winner from Rogue.
05-02-2004 19:47:52 | More by Bierguy5
United Kingdom (England)
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
THe beer pours out of the bomber a dark black with a brown head. I know I am in for a serious beer from the initial pouring.
At the first sip I was anything but disappointed, full roasted flavor with a nice hop twinge at the end. The hops are not overpowering or subtle but have that nice balance for this truly excellent beer. It goes down smoothly with some coffee flavors at the end of the tasting. I could easily see this as becoming one of my favorite beers while I am out here in Missouri. I wish I had found the store that had it earlier, it is a fitting yet different replacement for storm king.
05-01-2004 23:37:55 | More by koolkat
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Had this one gravity poured from the cask at NERAX last nite.
Served in great condition,light carbonation, perfectly chilled and a black beauty. Little to no head and opaque. Aromas of roasted malts,bitter chocolate and a hint of licorice.
Flavors are more complex than the bottled version with a big drying bitterness standing out. Roasty and chocolaty with buiscuits and oreo tops. Underlying hops and fruit with a lingering, drying finish.
A great beer that lends itself very well to cask. It would be better through a beer engine.
04-30-2004 12:36:06 | More by brewandbbq
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Another Rogue beer picked up from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. Ive been looking forward to this one for awhile as a good stout is hard to come by in my town.
I went a little nuts on the pour and ended up flowing over a bit, but all is well. The appearance is deeply black and opaque. Even holding it up to a light source doesnt reveal the usually ruby tinges around the edges. A hardy tan head rolls up a good three fingers high and over the rim of the glass. The head remains resilient and chunky gobs of lacing sheet the glass.
Malts are very prominent on the nose, sweet, yet roasty, burnt, and arrogant. Milk chocolate and light coffee are alluded too as well. Smell is superb.
Taste is dominated by smooth, dusty and charred, sweet malts. Caramelly smooth, with an earthen bitterness around the edges. Chocolate, and creamed coffee are apparent, this brew goes down as smooth as silk. Lightly bitter aftertaste is left and the foam leaves my lip bitter. Excellent. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy, carbonation doesnt get in the way here.
I will be back to visit you again Shakespeare. Ive been waiting for a stout like this!
04-18-2004 03:51:13 | More by FormatKid
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
MMmmm, this is a nice stout from Rogue! Pours a deep dark brown with a nice dark head that sticks around. Smells of bitter chocolate and lightly of coffee scent. Taste is great...bitter and sweet and smooth. Everything is balanced quite nicely.
I'm gonna have this one again and you should, too.
04-15-2004 01:47:34 | More by babyhobbes
4.2/5 rDev +1%
How about that. LCBO being on the forefront and 4 reviews, all from Ontario. This is an above avergae stout, not too chocolately or burnt coffee. Very drinkable and not far below the infamous Shakespeare Rogue in rogue abilities. Malty and yet balanced.
04-14-2004 23:40:50 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Sampled from a 22 oz bomber
I love how rogue labels their bottles with all of the ingredients and degrees plato/IBU's and what not, just had to get that out of the way.
Poured a midnight black with a small tan head that diminished very quickly. Smell was full of roasted malts with hints of coffee, extremely pleasant. Taste is of roasted malts balanced extremely well by hops. I couldn't pick out any specific hops but the bitterness is definately there. This is one creamy stout. It goes down nice and thick. I feel like i could have a couple bombers of this a night and be content. A wonderful stout from Rogue, I can't wait to get my hands on their imperial!
04-13-2004 00:51:00 | More by soper2000
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
This stuff is very dark but not overly viscous. I like it. The head was big and fluffy, and it lasted very well. There isn't much lacing but it's still a good-looking beer.
The taste is very nice. I think the flavor defines what a stout should taste like. It's got hints of chocolate and coffee without having too much of anything. There's an appetizing taste of bitterness in the finish.
This is also one of the more drinkable proper stouts I've had. It goes down well without being short on flavor.
I'll have a tough time buying any other stout for at least a few weeks.
04-10-2004 10:13:31 | More by watermelonman
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Light-swallowing, black pour with a thick, long-lasting bronze head. Smell is less intense than expected, but typical roasted malts certainly are there. A bit of licorice and a nice bite of hops as well. Velvety, wonderful mouthfeel smoothes out the sharp flavors--toasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and noticeable astringency. At first I thought this was "merely" very good, but that sells this stout short. Very well done, indeed.
04-06-2004 03:49:21 | More by BitteBier
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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